Bad Debts

Bad Debts

Peter Temple / Feb 18, 2020

Bad Debts A phone message from ex client Danny McKillop doesn t ring any bells for Jack Irish Life is hard enough without having to dredge up old problems His beloved football team continues to lose the odds o

  • Title: Bad Debts
  • Author: Peter Temple
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  • Page: 500
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • A phone message from ex client Danny McKillop doesn t ring any bells for Jack Irish Life is hard enough without having to dredge up old problems His beloved football team continues to lose, the odds on his latest plunge at the track seem far too long, and he s still cooking for one When Danny turns up dead, Jack is forced to take a walk back into the dark and dangerousA phone message from ex client Danny McKillop doesn t ring any bells for Jack Irish Life is hard enough without having to dredge up old problems His beloved football team continues to lose, the odds on his latest plunge at the track seem far too long, and he s still cooking for one When Danny turns up dead, Jack is forced to take a walk back into the dark and dangerous past With suspenseful prose and black humor, Peter Temple builds an unforgettable character in Jack Irish and brings the reader on a journey that is as intelligent as it is exciting.

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      • Peter Temple

        Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread for information Peter Temple is an Australian crime fiction writer.Formerly a journalist and journalism lecturer, Temple turned to fiction writing in the 1990s His Jack Irish novels Bad Debts, Black Tide, Dead Point, and White Dog are set in Melbourne, Australia, and feature an unusual lawyer gambler protagonist He has also written three stand alone novels An Iron Rose, Shooting Star, In the Evil Day Identity Theory in the US , as well as The Broken Shore and its sequel, Truth He has won five Ned Kelly Awards for crime fiction, the most recent in 2006 for The Broken Shore, which also won the Colin Roderick Award for best Australian book and the Australian Book Publishers Award for best general fiction The Broken Shore also won the Crime Writers Association Duncan Lawrie Dagger in 2007 Temple is the first Australian to win a Gold Dagger.


    1. There's nothing not to like here: good writing, complicated plot, fun setting in Australia. However, if you've read enough of this type of book, you can go through the checklist: Black best friend? Check. Tragic experience in past? Check. Recovering alcoholic? Check. Police contacts? Reporter girlfriend? Colorful friends? Check, check, check. There's nothing new here, but it's fun.

    2. The plotting is always convoluted in a Peter Temple read. You do at times scratch your head -- but thenere's so much verve in these pages peopled with some beautifully drawn characters and a tangible sense of place and time that the ride is something you are not keen on concluding.Jack Irish -- as gumshoes go -- is very credible indeed. He comes to us in this, in the first of the series, fully formed. Dodgy. Opportunistic. Living on the edge at bit. But genuinely one of us. Neither a cowboy nor [...]

    3. Set mainly in Melbourne, once a criminal lawyer, John (Jack) Irish is now making his way out of a dark period of life that he drifted into after the death of his second wife who died at the hands of an unhappy client. Trying to deal with his pain, Jack drowned his sorrows in alcohol and became a collector of "serious debts," as well as a gambler betting on the ponies. He does some odd work for a couple of men in the horse racing business. But there's another side to Jack -- as a sort of therapy, [...]

    4. Geeze, Temple is good. I mean, this is no Broken Shore, and has all his usual 'way too many coincidences' problems. And what's with his obsession with street-kid-porn? But damn he writes a likeable protagonist. Is there anyone who wouldn't like Jack Irish? I just love the way Temple writes dialogue and describes things. I'd love to see him write some not-crime, cause really, I don't care much for crime. Anyway, read this in two days. Just couldn't stop.

    5. I have a new favorite lawyer.Jack Irish, criminal lawyer, cabinet maker and horseracing fanatic, gets a call from the past, several in fact. If he’d only pick up his messages more often. An old client, one he doesn’t remember, wants to talk. Danny Mckillop is dead by the time Jack finds him.The McKillop case is one from Jack’s drinking days and as he looks into the matter, guilt over having failed to represent the man properly, to question the confession, takes root and won’t let go.This [...]

    6. A good solid mystery, but I got bogged down in the Australian terms and slang. I did find it a tad confusing at first, as it was full of twists, and it slowed down for me in the middle. But once I figured out where it was going with all the murder, politics and corruption, and started to understand more, I enjoyed it. It reads like a slightly rocky start to a series, but I think it has the potential to get much better. The main character, Jack Irish, could use some development but I like him.

    7. I really liked this book. Jack was not the hard-boiled private investigator type. He is not a P.I he is a lawyer who does high level odd jobs that are only basically lawyer-like. I liked him as a character, because he seemed real and human. He does get beaten up, but it isn't every 5 minutes. I liked the other characters as well, especially Linda and Cam. I didn't understand what Harry did or a lot about the horse racing aspect, but that didn't diminish my enjoyment.

    8. Meet Jack Irish. After seeing the tv movies with Guy Pierce, I got ver interested in these books. Sure enough, the books are even better than the movies. Excellent read and a great story with humour to boot. Highly recommended.

    9. a cracking gritty read - I struggled a little with some of the Melbourne vernacular but once I remembered what a ute was, I was rightooked horses, crooked politicians, dodgy land deals anks for the tip, Mike!

    10. Back when Jack was lost in the murk of the aftermath of his wife’s death at the hands of an angry client, he acted for a guy in a hit’n’run case. The victim was a political agitator trying to save a housing development. Problem was, the residents didn’t really want it saved, the developers certainly didn’t, and a decade later when the guy is released he calls Jack and tells him he’s in trouble. Tragically Jack isn’t home. By the time he gets the message, the guy Danny McKillop has [...]

    11. As another review I read said "it is not 'The Broken Shore' and that was my disappointment. And the plotting was so complicated I simply gave up trying to work it out. I've bought the entire Jack Irish series on the strength of the power of the writing in "The Broken Shore" so I will plough on but really I just wanted to read some more about Joe Cashin and Rebb and to read another book just like that. "Truth" was wonderful too, and Villani was a superbly drawn conflicted character, although agai [...]

    12. Peter Temple is such a wordsmith, able to evoke the unloveliness of the world Jack Irish inhabits with tidy, evocative phrases that mark the work as his indisputably his, but also identify the backdrop as idiosyncratically Melbourne and its surrounds. The characters are pure Australian, but without any judgement, or cringeworthy dinkumness. So enjoyable, to hear the sentences roll around with so much flavour.

    13. Set in Australia, Jack Irish, a disgraced lawyer, receives a message from a former client. That client ends up dead and Jack is obsessed to find out why. As a caveat, I listened to this book and I had a difficult time distinguishing between the characters voices. Obviously that effects how I feel about the book. I think I would have liked it had I read it. May try the second book in the series.

    14. The first in the Jack Irish series, set near Melbourne, Australia. Involves horse racing, gambling, government corruption, and basically men with guns and secrets to hide. I got lost with the large list of characters, the plot twists, and I had to look up some Australian terms and slang. The book was very put-downable – reading it over 2 weeks might be why I got so lost. I’ll try the next one and see if it’s more compelling.

    15. I have to confess that this is my first Peter Temple read - well overdue for an Australian crime reader and writer! Anyway, I loved the Jack Irish character and Temple's hard-boiled style. Plenty of gritty action, great dialogue and characters, and a protagonist you can really get to like. I'll be getting more in the series, that's for sure.

    16. At the beginning I felt this was a bit formulaic but then I became totally engrossed in the story and and characters and could not put it down until the end. Also, while the plot became a little complex at times it did not dampen my interest and I continued to enjoy it until the last page. Highly recommended.

    17. Love the franchise, but having read others before this, as well as seeing the TV series, this does feel rougher than other, later efforts. Enjoyable, but a lot of "corporation" speak to keep track of and I tended to skim over this.

    18. THe ABC has made the Jack IRish books into enjoyable mini series but read the books; don't just watch the TV shows. Temple writes taut, credible fictions which may well be too true of our world.

    19. Pitch perfect dialogue, layers of corruption and deception, vivid Melbourne setting, what's not to love?

    20. Fast out of the gate then a real bog in the middle and by the time it was all over, very satisfying. Like a roast and potato dinner, with good gravy. The layers of the Jack Irish, detective novel-type protagonist, mixing in the grief over his lost spouse, his interest in woodworking, his sojourn's with one of his clients to the horse races, a new found love interest and on top of all this, the giant land development/political murder scandal with underage porn on top. It's quite a load looking ba [...]

    21. I picked this up after enjoying the television adaptations of Bad Debts and Black Tide starring Guy Pearce. The series differs in a number of ways, including the fact that Pearce does not resemble the Jack Irish that author Peter Temple describes. But that's really a moot point here.Bad Debts reads like a class hardboiled crime novel, though taken out of its typical setting and relocated in Melbourne, Australia, during the 1990s. The hero-detective, Jack Irish, is suitably cynical and world-wear [...]

    22. The first of the Jack Irish novels and it's a good one; however, it takes a little while to get you in the grip of turning the pages. The Aussie slang and cultural metaphors can be Greek at times but Temple is a master at suspense and you are able to discern enough to keep turning the pages. Jack is a guy on the rebound from the murder of his wife-and it's been a long rebound. He's a lawyer for a guy who likes to play the horses and perhaps rig the races. He also collects debts and is not averse [...]

    23. This is my second Peter Temple book. This one features his series protagonist, Jack Irish, a lawyer of sorts, who makes his way as best he can getting himself in trouble along the way. In this story Irish hears from an ex-client, Danny McKillop, who has just been released from prison. Because of a guilty conscience due to his alcohol fogged defense of McKillop, Irish gets involved in trying to reopen the case. In the process, all kinds of ugly things crawl out from under the rocks he turns over, [...]

    24. Listened to the audiobook. I'd dismissed Temple for a long time, don't know why - everyone was talking about one of his books when I worked in a bookshop (I think it'd won an award), and I got mulish and decided it wasn't for me. It wasn't until after I watched the teleseries with Guy Pierce on iView that I realised that it was completely my sort of thing.Jack Irish is an enjoyable narrator, an uncommon thing in a first-person narration. He's a washed up lawyer, a gambler, and a stumbler-over of [...]

    25. This 1996 detective story set in Melbourne has held up well. Jack Irish, a sometime solicitor, is returning to living after the life wreck caused by the murder of his wife by his ex-client. He is jolted into activity by a voicemail from another ex-client and the guilt it engenders. Jack is no lily white as he lives on the edges of the racing world, with some crooked cops for friends and doing some dodgy jobs. but he wasn't expecting to get involved in murder, property scams, and some very messy [...]

    26. This book is a real page-turner. The story was based in Australia and there was always a rolling plot; just as something calmed down there was an incorporation of something about to escalate. I went to my public library database and there seems to be a disconnect to acquire the second book in the series. I have wrote to the library to suggest the purchase of the second book in the series, Black Tide.Temple shared how he feels about certain careers. Page 75: "It's nice that there's a special occu [...]

    27. I happened to be looking through Netflix for something to watch and found the movie with Guy Pearce. I have always enjoyed Guy's work and gave the movie a tumble. I liked the film so much that I decided to read the book. It was a fun read. The character is great. He is a P.I. of sorts with a tragic past and has some funny smart ass moments. His name is Jack Irish. Great name. He is involved in a betting scheme on the side in horse racing which I don't completely understand but I just gloss over [...]

    28. An older book featuring a hardboiled criminal lawyer with a tragic past, who investigates a death of a former client. Well-written, suffering from many of the usual issues with older hardboiled detective novels. The plot makes you yearn for the days when investigative journalism was a thing and an exposé meant something politically. What I enjoyed the most were the intermittent descriptions of the protagonist working in Charlie Taub's cabinetmaking workshop, and the side story about horse racin [...]

    29. This is the first Peter Temple book I've read and I can safely say it won't be the last. It was a fun, fast paced riot. The character of Jack Irish is well developed and completely believable. The whole story zipped along nicely to a well thought out conclusion. The end might have been a little easy to figure out but it was still a fun ride to get there. The "hard boiled" detective is a genre that has been beaten to death. While Mr. Temple doesn't exactly cover new ground, his characters are fla [...]

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